Q: I'm an officer the US Public Health Service station at a Federal Agency. Can I sue for harassment and retaliation?
My supervisor is harassing at work. Just flat out lying. He lied and put me on a PIP and issued me an LOR when all my work was up to date and at the start of a global pandemic when everyone was working from home. No negative counseling in 8 months leading up the PIP and LOR. I filed an EEO complaint against him. Our first EEO mediation meeting happen at the end of the PIP and the evaluation of my PIP was schedule the day after. During the EEO mediation a proposal was put on the table by supervisor management. I was give a week to think it over. The proposal was sent out via email. One hour after the mediation meeting, my supervisor emails me and states "Moving forward, I'm placing you on another PIP". I responded and sent my responded and sent my to everyone in the mediation meeting stating retaliation. The original proposal changed 4 after that. Question: If I decide file a formal complaint, can I recoup any lawyer fee as a US Public Officers?
A: It depends on what statute your are suing under.
Title VII provides that a court, in its discretion, may award reasonable attorneys' fees to the prevailing party. ... That determination is relatively clear when a plaintiff proves his or her discrimination case and a favorable judgment or court order is entered in the plaintiff's favor.
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